Ferdinand receives FA charge over Twitter post

Posted on October 22, 2014


Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has been hit with a charge of misconduct from the Football Association (FA) for posting what has been called an offensive message on Twitter.

Ferdinand, presently playing for Premier League club Queens’ Park Rangers, is a regular user of Twitter. Having sent more than 14,000 since joining the social media platform four years ago, he is clearly not using the services of a professional news feed provider to edit, manage and administer his account.

The statement released by the FA said:

“It is alleged the comment posted on his Twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.”

It is understood that the charge is in relation to a tweet where Ferdinand used an offensive word to describe promiscuity in a woman. Responding to criticism on Twitter that read:

“Maybe QPR will sign a good CB [centre back] they need one”

Ferdinand tweeted back:

“get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket”

The word ‘sket’ is a Jamaican slang term that some consider offensive.

With around six million followers, Ferdinand’s post, which remains on his timeline at the time of writing, has been retweeted around 14,000 times.

The post is said to have breached FA rules, with the body in charge of English football saying in its statement that the breach was “aggravated pursuant to FA rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender”.

Ferdinand had until the 21st October to respond to the FA’s charge.


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